Gender, â€œRaceâ€, Class, and Culture
In the world today there are many social variables that define our personal history and determine how we live our lives. Such variables include gender, â€œraceâ€, class, and culture. Even though these variables are very important in determining a personâ€™s background, there are many other variables that contribute to our personal background. Gender, â€œraceâ€, culture, and class all help to determine our personal past and they also determine our future and the life we will live. In Gerda Lernerâ€™s Why History Matters, Lerner tells her life story and the struggles she has with her own identity. Lerner describes being a Jewish woman from a middle class family from Austria where she develops her own personality through many different struggles and experiences. Lerner tells stories of her hardships of being a Jewish female and her ultimate defection from her own heritage. Lernerâ€™s essay brings the reader into her own story, which allows the reader to identify with her and her own story. Throughout Lernerâ€™s life these social variables played a major factor in the type of person she is now and her own personal background. This paper will describe how gender, â€œraceâ€, class, and culture have affected Lernerâ€™s life, two incidents in Lernerâ€™s life where she was affected by each of these social variables, four incidents in her life that relate to my own, how her own experiences relate to my life, and how I was affected by these incidents and felt towards Lernerâ€™s experiences.
In order to understand how Lernerâ€™s experiences of class, â€œraceâ€, culture, and gender affected her life and how her experiences are similar to my own experiences, it must be first understood what type of background my family and I come from. Just like most people of my age I donâ€™t know very much about my famil